One of my high school teachers told me “that one day Ill have to get a real job and take life more seriously.” I obviously knew that, I was just milking the moment cause I knew someday I would have to get a real job and take life more seriously. As an emerging Artist, that makes me laugh.
Curling, Scene and Solitude are a part of a series of works focused on the middle aged male mind in a vulnerable state. A visual interpretation inspired by the breakdown and rebuild of the midlife crisis.
My work always stems from reality, yet I consider myself someone always trying to escape it. My work has cohesiveness to the finished product; videos go with sound pieces that resemble sculptures that are inspired by paintings that look like my sound pieces. I’m not afraid to admit that I don’t know what contemporary art is anymore, but society loves to label everything.
Some thoughts about things:
I spend every second of my life thinking.
I am not a genius.
I tend to do things in waves or not at all.
It’s really just a collective of personality’s jamming around with things trying to avoid reality. They don’t know much about society, they don’t read cool books or go to cool parties with me.
I don’t really communicate with them either, they just seem to be content helping me.
I don’t tell people everything I’m thinking, just enough for them to not label me wrongly. Society loves to label everything.
I began painting because I hated school.
I love painting because it’s so fun.
I don’t think creativity is a skill, Skills can be taught like sewing.
Ideas are not considered skills.
Being good at something is just being good at something relative to other people around you doing that something.
I don’t consider myself to be good at things, I just do allot of things.
The more ideas about things I have the more I get to practice my skills.
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Latham Reader Artist Bio Born in Ontario Canada and having family ties to Montreal and Quebec, yet spending the majority of my life on Vancouver island BC, I have always found myself being heavily influenced by the cultures within both sides of my country. As an emerging artist I have quickly noticed that my artistic background as a young child who loved the creation of music and 2d mediums has directly effected the beliefs and esthetics of my art making.
I am currently interested in the process of creating work that reflects the beliefs and esthetics of urban and suburban culture, by linking opposite elements of both into a cohesive presentation. This style of work is not limited to one medium allowing my practice to incorporate sculpture, painting, photography and film. The process of my art making is very pre planned yet completely free flowing and unrestrained as I work through the creation of a piece. This process is very effective within a studio setting allowing for specific outcomes that are crucial to the works final presentation.
Being heavily inspired by Artists who create work that pushes the boundaries on a particular esthetic, I see my work as being accessible to a wide audience due to the esthetic choices I make and the themes I am willing to explore. The goal within creating my work is to cause a direct emotional response towards the piece and I believe art should always strive to create emotion no matter how conceptual the work is.
I have a diploma in Visual Arts from Camosun College in Victoria BC where I am Currently living and working. I will be moving to Toronto in the spring of 2016 to continue my practice and education.
Contact Latham Reader at: firstname.lastname@example.org